Patricia de Lille Photo: Tracey Adams/ANA
Mayor Patricia de Lille faces another internal DA motion of no confidence after two-thirds of the party’s councillors voted in favour of getting the ball rolling to oust her.

The DA’s recall clause, dubbed the “De Lille Clause”, will be applied if the party’s federal executive approves the DA council caucus request for an internal no confidence motion.

JP Smith, deputy caucus leader standing in for a suspended De Lille, yesterday said the caucus overwhelmingly agreed to have a second no confidence motion put to the vote.

He said there was a two-thirds majority in favour of the no confidence vote, while 10% of councillors abstained.

The DA has 154 councillors.

“This is an internal no confidence motion and I am writing this in terms of the clause adopted at our congress. We have to write to the federal executive chairperson who has to approve this. Once we hear from the federal executive another meeting will be called,” he said.

The clause reads: “If the president, a premier, a mayor, or any other public representative elected or appointed to any executive position in a DA government has lost confidence of his or her caucus, the federal executive may, after giving him or her the opportunity to make representations to it, resolve to require him or her to resign from his or her office within 48 hours.”

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